Amidst all the tales of chivalry from the Titanic disaster there is one that’s not often told. It is that of Fr. Thomas Byles, the Catholic priest who gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favor of offering spiritual … Continue reading
As a treat for Easter, the brothers watched the film Katyń, which recounts the horrible massacre of some 22,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia in the forest of Katyn, not far from the western Russian city of Smolensk. The film, directed … Continue reading
He was devoted in some hesitant way to Our Lady, but he loved his vices more. Poor soul. To have come so close to the Faith (as he did) only to spurn grace, turn away too many times, and end … Continue reading
Picture of fourteen year-old martyr Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio in uniform. This is an incredibly inspiring story. Message to his mother: “In order to go to heaven, we have to go to war.” Read brief account of his suffering … Continue reading
For many orthodox Catholics, the word “globalization” immediately raises hackles — it evokes fears of loss of national sovereignty, of undesirable immigration, of Masonic conspiracy: in a word, the spectre of a Satanic “One-World Government.” Images of the Bilderbergers, the … Continue reading
Introduction “Let us clearly understand the meaning of these words — Catholic, Protestant, and Reformation. Catholic means universal, and the religion which takes this epithet was called universal because all Christian people of every nation acknowledged it to be the … Continue reading
CNA reports: Biographer Joseph Pearce says the famous South African poet Roy Campbell saw the Spanish Civil War as a religious conflict between Christianity and atheistic modernism. Read more here.
Get Religion: Fidel Castro will be received back into the communion of the Roman Catholic Church during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the island in March, the Italian press is reporting. If true, this is a remarkable story — and … Continue reading
Catholicism.org contributor, Mrs. Eleonore Villarrubia, a graduate of Tulane University, left me a very interesting page from the university’s quarterly magazine (Fall, 2011) on the accidental discovery, in the rare book collection of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, of a moveable-type … Continue reading
John Bergsma, The Sacred Page: By far the most interesting session at the recent Society of Biblical Literature Congress in San Francisco was one I wandered into by chance. Read the rest here.
Catholic Culture: Father Athanasius McVay, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest in Canada, and Lubomyr Luciuk, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, have coauthored the newly published book The Holy See and the Holodomor: Documents from the Vatican … Continue reading
After reading this short piece by Pat McNamara, I was stunned that the early Jesuit founders of Fordham never once, that we know of, asked the very troubled Edgar Allen Poe to become a Catholic. And this was when the … Continue reading
There is a book titled Angels of the Battlefield that relates the incredible stories of the Sisters of Charity in ministering to the wounded of both sides of this devastating war between the states. It is one of the most … Continue reading
The current definition of the Middle Ages implies that they are an intermediary epoch between two civilizations, and, therefore, only a break in the course of civilization. There is no term about whose definition there is more perfect agreement than … Continue reading
As has already been noted on the SBC website, Archduke Otto von Habsburg, who in 1916 became heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, has died. I’d like to offer a couple of additional thoughts. The Archduke passed away … Continue reading